Topic Sentence Examples
• One such form is to use an instance and follow it with examples. The topic sentence can state an instance, or circumstance:
“If you don’t give yourself enough time to drive to work, unforeseen obstacles can slow you down.”
and the rest of the paragraph will give examples of unforeseen obstacles.
• There is also the cause and effect. If your topic sentence states the cause:
“This morning, because I couldn’t find my glasses, I left the house ten minutes later than usual.”
then the rest of the paragraph will provide the effects.
• Another form this could take is the comparison or contrast:
“When commuting between city and suburb, many people use public transport, but some prefer to use their own car.”
In this case, the rest of the paragraph might discuss the pros and cons of each type of transport.
• Another example of a topic sentence appears in a simple narration. The topic sentence can provide the first fact in a chronological list:
“The day dawned clear, and I got up and stretched lightly.”
and the rest of the paragraph can describe what happened next.By determining the main idea of a paragraph and selecting the method of elaborating on that idea before you begin to write, you will easily spot extraneous or confusing facts and information that muddy your exposition and disappoint the reader. It also makes it easy to avoid paragraphs that go on too long, or that are too short, with not enough substance to support the main idea. Writers who make good use of topic sentences will find that not only is their writing better, it’s also easier.